Former inmate sues Cocke County over jail conditions, says he was left for 12 hours after being beaten

After years of concerns centered on the conditions in the Cocke County Jail, the county and several officials are facing a lawsuit from a former inmate. The suit, filed on behalf of Steven J. Laws, alleges that Laws, who was jailed in March of 2022 on misdemeanor drug charges, was beaten by fellow inmates on

Ex-inmate files $1.5M suit against Cocke County

A lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District court in Greeneville by a former inmate at Cocke County Jail, alleging he suffered serious injuries as a result of being beaten by other inmates at the jail in March 2022. The suit is seeking at least $500,000 in compensatory damages and at least $1 million in

6th Circuit upholds decision to strip Knoxville cop of immunity in shooting

A federal appellate court is upholding a decision to strip a Knoxville Police Department officer of immunity in a wrongful death lawsuit over the officer’s shooting of an unarmed man in the back. The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals turned aside an appeal by KPD Officer Dylan Williams, who fatally shot an unarmed Channara Tom

Mother Files Lawsuit Against Scott County Sheriff For 2016 Jailhouse Death Of Her Son

Donna Jean Sexton-Pemberton filed a $5 million lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Scott County, Tennessee, and its sheriff, Ronnie Phillips, for the July 20, 2016 death of her son, Benny Shane Pemberton. Lance Baker of The Baker Law Firm, is representing Ms. Sexton-Pemberton in the litigation. Learn about how a cut on Benny’s foot

Former Hamblen County inmate files $5M Civil Rights Violation Lawsuit Over Beating By Fellow Inmate

Lance Baker of The Baker Law Firm is representing Jeremy Garcia, a Knox County man who alleges he received a jailhouse beating in 2015 severe enough to cause memory loss and ongoing depression and in which he suffered multiple facial fractures. Garcia alleges that his jailers did little or nothing to protect him from more

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